Ontario Animal Health Network Veterinary Podcasts Veterinary Podcast station of the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) in Canada- we can also be downloaded from iTunes

March 8, 2017  

We are joined by Dr. Andrew Peregrine, BVMS, PhD, DVM, Diplomate EVPC, Diplomate ACVM (Veterinary Parasitology), Clinical Parasitologist at the Ontario Veterinary College, and Jonathon Kotwa, master's candidate in the department of pathobiology at the OVC. Dr. Peregrine and Mr. Kotwa discuss what echinococcus multiloclaris is, its history in Canada and Ontario, types of infections, and what veterinarians need to know.

September 1, 2016  

Dr. Curtis Russell from Public Health Ontario shares the most up to date info on Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases from a human surveillance perspective, and as it relates to pet owners, and veterinarians.  He also reviews the life cycles and kinds of ticks found in Ontario.  Great review and current info as part 1 of our Lyme disease in companion animals series.  Next episode will feature Dr. Michelle Evason, DACVIM, with a review of clinical aspects, new Lyme knowledge, diagnostics and treatments.

March 11, 2016  

Dr. Melanie Barham sits down with Dr. Maureen Anderson, the Lead Veterinarian, Animal Health & Welfare at Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to discuss the recent raccoon-variant rabies cases around Hamilton, Ontario, and the one fox-variant case found in Perth County. Dr. Anderson also discusses vaccination, the Rabies Response Program, and other resources for veterinarians and pet owners. 

To access OMAFRA's Rabies in Ontario site that is mentioned in the podcast, click here: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/ahw/rabies.htm

OAHN's Dr. Melanie Barham is joined by Dr. Jim Fairles, the Client Services Veterinarian at the Animal Health Laboratory in Guelph. Dr. Fairles gives his top tips for how veterinarians can get the most out of their lab samples. 

For more tips on properly submitting lab samples, and getting more out of your lab dollars, check out our YouTube page, where we have many short "how to videos."
**This is a short podcast  <14 minutes**

Today on the OAHN podcast, Dr. Melanie Barham sits down with OAHN Communications Assistant Michael Deane to discuss social media. They go over:

-the benefits of using social media for veterinarians,
-how it can actually save time and streamline the continuing education process,
-finding good news information to improve client interactions,
-finding reputable information during an outbreak,
-some important terms to know when using Twitter,
-how to use Twitter,
-resources available

Please find links below to other OAHN social media resources:
June 25, 2015  

Dr. Melanie Barham talks to Dr. Andrew Vince about the “Dos and Don’ts” of surgical pathology. Dr. Vince discusses the decision-making process, sample selection, sample collection and fixation, and tips for submitting your samples to the lab.

Biopsies and pathology sampling are some of the most powerful tools in your veterinary toolkit.  Dr. Andrew Vince demystifies the process and provides practical tips to optimize your samples from surgical biopsy to skin biopsy.  This podcast is 16 minutes in length, and is geared toward all types of veterinarians who do biopsies.
June 3, 2015  

Dr. Melanie Barham is joined by Kristina Cooper, the Provincial Manager of the OAVT Public Health Rabies Response Program, to give an update on the program for registered veterinary technicians and veterinarians. Kristina and Melanie discuss training, animal collection, tools, protection, and the details of the program. This podcast complements our first rabies podcast "What do all Ontario veterinarians need to know about rabies?"

Important Contact Information
To get involved in the program:
OAVT Public Health Rabies Response Program: 1-844-8-RABIES 
To report human to animal rabies suspect exposure:
Public Health Units in Ontario: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/phu/locations.aspx
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free)
For assistance with cases of potential domestic animal exposure to rabies (including risk assessment, sample submission and post-exposure management), contact OMAFRA via the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300
For technical information and tutorial videos regarding sample collection and submission, please see the documents posted on the AHL website at:

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